Interior Minister: Haftar is using mercenaries to kill Libyans

Interior Minister: Haftar is using mercenaries to kill Libyans

September 25, 2019 - 20:40
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

There will be no negotiations with Khalifa Haftar, said Libya's Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, adding that Haftar is part of problem and won't be part of the solution.

Bashagha added in a TV interview that Libya's Interior Ministry is prepared to cooperate with Egypt on the security level but cannot justify the intervention of the UAE in the Libyan conflict.

"UAE has been providing Haftar's forces with weapons and equipment needed for the war and after they failed, they enlisted the help of Janjawid fighters from Sudan and a Russian firm bringing mercenaries and snipers to kill Libyans." Bashagha remarked.

He added that some international newspapers are trying to distort the image of the Libyan Army for Haftar's sake in return for money, adding that there are no terrorists fighting for the army and Salah Badi is not wanted for terrorism but for the same reason HoR Speaker is sanctioned; that is: political stances.

He added that due to the war led by Haftar on Tripoli, terrorists have gotten the chance to move in the Libyan desert, saying cooperation with world countries, including US, is continuing to detain or eliminate those terrorists.

Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that more than 100 mercenaries from the Wagner group headed by Yevgeny Prigozhin, also known as “Putin’s chef” for his Kremlin catering contracts, arrived at a forward base in Libya in the first week of September to support Haftar’s assault on the capital Tripoli, with some of those Russian mercenaries had been killed in action there.

A video posted on social media showed a person called Mohammed Embayes saying that foreign gunmen entered his house in Sabea frontline after Haftar's forces seized control of it, taking him and three of his family members to Qasir Benghashir, then returned them back and put them in a dark room at dawn and opened fire on them.

Embayes said his father, his two brothers and his brother-in-law were killed by the foreign gunmen.

Two days ago, Volcano of Rage Operation said that an airstrike on Haftar's operations room in Sabea, killing four senior leaders and three mercenaries from Russian Wagner Group.